Douglas Rickard

Futuristic fairy lights to under the ocean are all part of London's colorful light display and store windows this year. Tour the city with me for my three favorites and check out the new lights along Oxford Street complimented by one of the most spectacular department stores at Christmas!

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Join Londoners and visitors at the BFI in Southbank and spot in person the voices of Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff.. who are also in attendance for the "Frozen 2" premiere in London.

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Beautiful, sequin adorned attire from the likes of Pinko, Ermanno Scervino and Elie Saab are delicately displayed next to giant winter beasts in Harrods' "Kingdom of Christmas" Holiday store windows. Take a look at all the luxurious products being presented as we take a tour of the whole Harrods window menagerie.

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From gift wrapping, lining hampers and cooking mince pies, this department store's herd of cats are here to help. In these beautiful Fortnum and Mason Christmas windows, watch them bottle champagne, test Christmas crackers and decorate yule logs! Meanwhile the whole front of this historic store is looking like an advent calendar, but just wait to see who appears when their famous clock strikes the hour!

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See the decorations in four stores as we shop in John Lewis Oxford Street; Liberty London; Fortnum & Mason and Harrods. We find the best advent calendars, choose our favorite Holiday decor and discover Christmas ornaments themed to country and western, under the sea, cotton candy, a Thailand beach, wild animals and dog breeds!

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Have you seen the prequel series to the Jim Henson film? Does it make you wish for an immersive attraction? I made it just in time to the planet Thra (the day the 2-week exhibition ended) thanks to BFI Southbank, for just that and I'm taking you along with me!

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What were gloomy bridges are lighting up with impressionist painting style colors. A gentle trip as the sun goes down along the Thames starts here!

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All good flower gardens need watering. Take a tour in a downpour through traditional rose gardens around the City of London. Plus we look at amazingly creative flower arrangements before the clouds appear. A trip around, down and up, up, up to the Sky Garden at Fenchurch Street starts here!

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During a rainstorm in Disneyland Paris, over hedges, spot Toad Hall, the Railroad and other sights as we reach the center of Alice’s Curious Labyrinth and look out from atop the Queen of Hearts’ castle!

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See the cast walk the blue carpet under pink, cherry tree blossom for the European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London! Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rob Marshall and Ben Whishaw arrive first. And then little Joel Dawson has a photo call before he’s joined by his young co-stars Nathanael Saleh and Pixie Davies. Meryl Streep arrives before the “Mary Poppins Returns” star Emily Blunt signs autographs and poses for the cameras with Colin Firth and Emily Mortimer.

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A nostalgic 1970s theme from lights to the music of Queen and Elton John wraps around London like a warm scarf in 2018. So, sip your hot chocolate and enjoy a tour of this year’s sparkly, spectacular and quaint and comforting London lights and window displays at Christmas with me!

Winding up at Piccadilly Circus, tour the best Christmas lights down Oxford Street on top of a London double decker bus with me, and let's choose our favorite Christmas store windows from Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis and more in my 2017 vlog.

Enter Christmas World in Harrods to find beautiful outer space and winter circus themed ornaments and then walk through the Christmas floor at Fortnum & Mason and into what seems like a giant gingerbread house full of delicious looking candy Christmas ornaments!

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Mickey Mouse meets his "mini-mouse" when we meet him in Fantasyland and Mr. Smee gets a surprise when a Peter Pan LEGO is pulled out in Adventureland after a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland Paris!

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Before some exploring in a still very wild 2018 Adventureland, Disneyland Paris, I make it to this Disney quick service restaurant before it's imagineered to something else, listen to some tunes from "The Jungle Book" and eat pizza!

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Step or tap dance into the most stylish theatre district in the world as I wait at the stage door of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane hoping to meet Bonnie Langford, the star of “42nd Street”! And why not stay and listen to my thoughts over coffee after this West End musical show too!

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On her 20th anniversary, Mulan still draws a dawn crowd in London, even though I’m not totally convinced why, at first… But inside the Disney Store on Oxford Street, the 17-inch limited edition doll wins hearts with her ceremonial wrapped sword and dragon medallion necklace. And what I see is not exactly what I expect!

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My review of staying in a Standard Room begins with a continental breakfast buffet at La Cantina! Below are my tips from the vlog:
* best tip was to book when I reserved my stay
* elsewhere there was a Starbucks Coffee for breakfast in this hotel too
* advised that nearest laundry room with dryers was walking distance at the Hotel Cheyenne
* found hotel Wi-Fi easy – needed my English-French electric adaptor
* re: room temperature, spoke with / overheard 2 different Americans complaining about air-conditioning
* needing it cool, even with 60-degree weather by night I found the fan + open window... perfect for sleeping
* blackout curtains
* mini-fridges were only in Family Rooms

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An up-close view of almost every rare Disney character imaginable at the Inaugural Party Farewell Parade in Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris. Even the most elusive of heroes and villains, like Li Shang and Shan Yu, Robin Hood and Prince John, Hercules and Hades plus Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox jostled each other along the parade route. #DFDInauguralParty! #DisneyFanDaze

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Is it inhumane for so many people to chase one chipmunk? Clarisse doesn’t seem to mind. And if Disney villain Yzma’s anti-aging routine is so bad, how can she still make these dance moves?! I make some new friends, despite some old ones appearing to dodge us as the Paris sun sets on the first ever Disney FanDaze Party in Walt Disney Studios park, Disneyland Paris. #DFDInauguralParty! #DisneyFanDaze

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I get to take you along to share my experience as Dance Your Ducktails Parade balloons fly past rare characters through Walt Disney Studios for the first ever FanDaze Party in Disneyland Paris!

Early in extra magic time, take a peaceful walkthrough up inside Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland Paris with me. 1959 animated movie themed stained glass, tapestries and lots of surprises are sprinkled around Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, and the castle interior is all enveloped in the soundtrack from "Sleeping Beauty". #DisneyCastle #DisneylandParis

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Pink butterflies adorn gold painted tea sets as you get to go on a luxurious tour with me in this spring time vlog of the Villari porcelain and home department.

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What is it about diamonds? I take you inside Sotheby's Diamonds London to experience 102.34 carats... the rarest and biggest white diamond ever.

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Experience a walking tour of London like you never have or will again with a bunch of vloggers as we take in the weirdness on display during "Lumiere London".

Here's your handy guide: 1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: "Nightlife," 2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: "Flamingo Flyway," 3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: "Child Hood," 4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle," 5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: "Voyage," 6. St. James's Market, Studio Roso: "Reflektor," 7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: "Illumaphonium," 8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: "Aquarium," 9. South Crescent, Imagination: "A-BIT IMMERSIVE," 10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: "Cosmoscope," 11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: "The Umbrella Project," 12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: "Droplets," 13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: "Bough 3," 14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: "[M]ondes," 15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: "Was That a Dream?," 16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): "Impulse".

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